As more workers fall ill, Bay Area restaurateurs weigh a dramatic step: banning the unvaccinated (San Francisco Chronicle)

San Francisco Chronicle: As more workers fall ill, Bay Area restaurateurs weigh a dramatic step: banning the unvaccinated. “A growing number of restaurants and bars have become vaccination-only establishments, requiring diners to flash their vaccine cards upon entry. But others say it’s not so easy due to logistics and potential customer backlash. Instead, they’re contemplating alternative measures like shutting down their indoor dining rooms, requiring double masks for staff or simply waiting to see how the new vaccine requirements play out at other businesses.”

Deadline: Los Angeles Suffers 40% Increase In Covid Cases In Past 24 Hours; Delta Surge Hitting Younger People

Deadline: Los Angeles Suffers 40% Increase In Covid Cases In Past 24 Hours; Delta Surge Hitting Younger People. “The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed 2,551 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday. According to officials, this is a 20-fold increase in a month, up from 124 new Covid-19 cases reported on June 21. It’s also a 40% increase just over the past 24 hours, when the daily count hit 1,821.”

Digiday: How a new tool that crowdsources California privacy law violation allegations creates gray areas for businesses

Digiday: How a new tool that crowdsources California privacy law violation allegations creates gray areas for businesses. “California Attorney General Rob Bonta has been sending companies so-called ‘notice-to-cure’ letters when they are found by his office to be out of compliance with the state’s California Consumer Privacy Act. Now his Department of Justice is crowdsourcing Californians to do the same using a new tool allowing them to create letters to send to companies via email or snail mail notifying them that they may be in violation of the law if they don’t include a homepage link for people to opt out from data collection.”

KCBX: Social media platforms must get direct parental consent for minors under new California law

KCBX: Social media platforms must get direct parental consent for minors under new California law. “For kids in California, it won’t be as easy as clicking and agreeing to the terms and conditions to open an account on social media platforms. Soon, they will have to get direct parental permission, after Central Coast Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham’s bill AB891 was signed into law recently by Governor Gavin Newsom.”

Green Blog: UC launches WeedCUT, a new online tool to manage invasive weeds in wildlands without herbicides

Green Blog: UC launches WeedCUT, a new online tool to manage invasive weeds in wildlands without herbicides. “Cal-IPC and the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM), with funding from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) Alliance Grants Program, developed two resources that provide land managers access to the latest information on non-herbicide practices for managing weeds in wildlands. Best Management Practices for Non-Chemical Weed Control is a free downloadable manual. The same information has been incorporated into an interactive online tool called WeedCUT.”

KQED: How Some Elders are Working to Preserve the Legacy of the Black Panther Party in Oakland

KQED: How Some Elders are Working to Preserve the Legacy of the Black Panther Party in Oakland. “In Buffalo’s view, one of the most important things he can do is continue to preserve the legacy of the Black Panther Party for the generations to come. Buffalo’s story brings up a larger issue of ownership, power and historical narrative when it comes to preserving and sharing the legacy of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, and the broader Bay Area. He’s one of many people eager to ensure the history of the Black Panther Party is accessible and available to the public.” This man spends most of what he receives in government assistance on maintaining a storage unit containing Black Panther Party history and archives. Even when he doesn’t have a place to live he’s focused on safeguarding history.

SF Weekly: San Francisco’s Musical Legacy Remembered

SF Weekly: San Francisco’s Musical Legacy Remembered. “It’s hard to choose a favorite among San Francisco photojournalist and diehard environmentalist Greg Gaar’s extraordinary collection of 1,114 concert photos — taken between 1972 and 1989 at venues across the Bay Area — through which icons of the city’s eclectic and vibrant music history live on.”

California Department of Water Resources: State Develops Tool and Recommendations to Support Those Most Vulnerable to Drought

California Department of Water Resources: State Develops Tool and Recommendations to Support Those Most Vulnerable to Drought. “DWR led a two-year process learning from stakeholder experiences about what puts small water systems and rural communities at higher risk of water shortages and what is needed to build their resilience to drought. The final report is now available online and could inform future legislation and efforts to help small water suppliers and rural communities reduce their risk of inadequate water supply amid a drought or other extreme event…. In addition to the report, a new online tool has been finalized that enables small water suppliers and rural communities to explore their relative risk of water shortage.”

San Francisco Chronicle: Pandemic baby bust unprecedented in Bay Area, California history

San Francisco Chronicle: Pandemic baby bust unprecedented in Bay Area, California history. “U.S. residents are having fewer babies this year. And California’s birth rates in January and February — around the time when early pandemic babies would be due — declined by 15% compared to the same period last year, the steepest year-over-year decline for those months since at least 1960, according to a Chronicle analysis. We used data from California’s Health and Human Services department, which collects monthly birth totals per county. We found that the state’s births declined from nearly 70,000 in the first two months of 2020 to fewer than 59,000 in the same period in 2021.”

StateScoop: California launches statewide homelessness data platform

StateScoop: California launches statewide homelessness data platform. “The Homeless Data Integration System integrates data maintained by the 44 state planning bodies that coordinate services for homeless people, also known as continuums of care. Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a press release Wednesday that the new system, which was developed by the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council, will help guide state policy.”

Getty: New Project Launches to Identify, Protect, and Celebrate L.A.’s Black Heritage

Getty: New Project Launches to Identify, Protect, and Celebrate L.A.’s Black Heritage. “Despite comprehensive efforts over the years to record Los Angeles’s historic places, the city’s historic designation programs do not yet reflect the depth and breadth of African American history. Just over three percent of the city’s 1,200 designated local landmarks are linked to African American heritage. Over the next three years, the project will work with local communities and cultural institutions to more fully recognize and understand African American experiences in Los Angeles. The work aims to identify and help preserve the places that best represent these stories and work with communities to develop creative approaches that meet their own aims for placemaking, identity, and empowerment.”

PR Newswire: New Website Spotlights Certified California Sustainable Wines, Vineyards and Wineries (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: New Website Spotlights Certified California Sustainable Wines, Vineyards and Wineries (PRESS RELEASE). “Users can search for certified wines, wineries and/or vineyards, and sort by varietal, region or appellation. With 2,247 Certified California Sustainable Vineyards that farm 204,000 acres (32% of California winegrape acres; another 22% are certified by other California sustainable winegrowing programs), 171 certified wineries producing 255 million cases (80% of California wine) and 9.4 million cases (113 million wine bottles) bearing the certification logo or claims, the search function is a valuable new tool to discover California wineries and vineyards that are committed to sustainability.”

Los Angeles Covid-19 Transmission Rate Creeping Up In Recent Weeks; Unclear If Cases, Hospitalizations, Deaths Will Jump Also (Deadline)

Deadline: Los Angeles Covid-19 Transmission Rate Creeping Up In Recent Weeks; Unclear If Cases, Hospitalizations, Deaths Will Jump Also. “County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer reported in a Zoom meeting with reporters that the estimated transmission number was 0.93 in early March, up from 0.87 the week before. The range of uncertainty is from .085 to 1.04. Any R number over 1 means that every person infected is passing the virus on to more than one other county resident. In a region of 10 million, infections can quickly snowball.”